Fans of Naomi Alderton's novel The Power have been waiting patiently for the Prime Video adaptation, and now it's finally here, with new episodes streaming weekly.


The sci-fi series stars Toni Collette, John Leguizamo, Auliʻi Cravalho and Eddie Marsan amongst others, and is set in a world where every teenage girl suddenly develops the ability to electrocute people at will.

The series has received largely positive reviews, with Collette recently praising the "wonderful writing" when speaking exclusively with

With the first episodes available to watch now, here's everything you need to know about The Power, including the series' premise and cast.

What is The Power's release date?

Eddie Marsan and Ria Zmitrowicz as Bernie and Roxy Monke in The Power
Eddie Marsan and Ria Zmitrowicz as Bernie and Roxy Monke in The Power Prime Video/Amazon Studios

The first three episodes of The Power are on Prime Video now, as of Friday 31st March.

The rest of the episodes will drop weekly on the streaming service.

What is The Power about?

Toni Collette as Margot Cleary-Lopez in The Power
Toni Collette as Margot Cleary-Lopez in The Power. Prime Video/Amazon Studios

The official synopsis for The Power says: "The Power is our world, but for one twist of nature. Suddenly, and without warning, teenage girls develop the power to electrocute people at will.

"The series features a cast of remarkable characters from London to Seattle, Nigeria to Eastern Europe, as the Power evolves from a tingle in teenagers’ collarbones to a complete reversal of the power balance of the world."

The novel on which the series is based was a huge hit when it was released, drawing comparisons to Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale and featuring on Barack Obama’s list of his favourite books of the year.

Atwood is a huge admirer of Alderman – selecting her as a protégé in 2012 – so here’s hoping The Power's TV show adaptation will prove as influential and affecting as The Handmaid’s Tale's has done.

And Alderman has spoken of her delight that the show will be reaching a global audience, saying that she was “thrilled beyond words”.

She added: "The story is a global one, about the lives of women and men everywhere in the world, so I’m hugely excited that The Power will be sparking conversation and debate essentially… everywhere.

"We’re going to make something revolutionary and, dare I say it, electrifying."

Who stars in The Power?

Toheeb Jimoh as Tunde Ojo in The Power
Toheeb Jimoh as Tunde Ojo in The Power. Prime Video/Amazon Studios

Due to delays and scheduling conflicts due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the series' cast has undergone some major upheaval since the project was first announced.

For instance, The Power was originally set to star Leslie Mann (Knocked Up, The Bubble) as Margot Cleary-Lopez, with that role now having been taken up by Toni Collette (The Staircase, Knives Out).

The character is an up and coming American politician who has been described by Amazon as "vital, charming and incredibly smart".

The character description continues: "As her career takes flight, it’s her husband Rob and daughter Jos who privately feel the effects of her success most keenly; for one of them, where previously there was conflict now comes a greater understanding, and for the other where there was love, comes hurt and betrayal."

Meanwhile, other stars include Auli’i Cravalho, best known for her role voicing the titular hero in Disney film Moana, playing Jos, the daughter of Mann's character.

John Leguizamo (The Menu), Toheeb Jimoh (Ted Lasso), Eddie Marsan (Vesper), newcomer Halle Bush and Ria Zmitrowicz (Misbehaviour) are all also among the stars, while Catastrophe star Rob Delaney and Alice Eve (Black Mirror) are amongst those featuring in supporting roles.

Here's a full list of the actors starring in The Power:

  • Toni Collette as Mayor Margot Cleary-Lopez
  • John Leguizamo as Rob Lopez
  • Auli’i Cravalho as Jos Cleary-Lopez
  • Toheeb Jimoh as Tunde Ojo
  • Josh Charles as Daniel Dandon
  • Eddie Marsan as Bernie Monke
  • Ria Zmitrowicz as Roxy Monke
  • Zrinka Cvitešić as Tatiana Moskalev
  • Halle Bush as Allie Montgomery
  • Nico Hiraga as Ryan
  • Heather Agyepong as Ndudi
  • Daniela Vega as Sister Maria
  • Archie Rush as Darrell Monke
  • Gerrison Machado as Matt Cleary-Lopez
  • Pietra Castro as Izzy Cleary-Lopez
  • Rob Delaney as Tom
  • Alice Eve as Kristen
  • Edwina Findley as Helen
  • Jacob Fortune-Lloyd as Ricky Monke
  • Avital Lvova as Liat Monke
  • Sam Buchanan as Terry Monke
  • Juliet Cowan as Barbara Monke
  • Simbi Ajikawo as Adunola
  • Ana Ularu as Zoia

Is there a trailer available for The Power?

The Power trailer has arrived! Watch now for an advance look at the Prime Video series:

Previously, the streamer had released a shorter teaser, which introduced the high-concept premise of the show. Watch below:

The Power is streaming new episodes weekly on Prime Video - Try Amazon Prime Video for free for 30 days. Meanwhile The Power book is available to buy if you want to read ahead.

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